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Cathedral choir school educated, former Oxford organ scholar. Versatile church musician, performer, composer, teacher & arts administrator
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Stuart Whatton’s musical career began at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School and later took him to University College Oxford, where he was organ scholar from 1981 to 1984. After 14 years in the Civil Service, including two years as Private Secretary to the Attorney General (his original degree having been law), he decided to follow his heart into music full-time, and this led to a B.Mus with 1st class honours from King’s College London, where he also won the Purcell Prize. Following PGCE studies at Cambridge, Stuart pursued a schoolteaching career for eight years, running a variety of school music departments in Dorset, Essex and Scotland. In past chapters of his life, Stuart has been Assistant Organist to the Parish of Waterloo, Organist of the Ealing-based Questors Choir, and Director of Music at St Matthew’s Church, Southwark. His varied performing career has included appearing in a jazz piano sketch on Channel 4’s Banzai!, accompanying an international youth choir at a plenary session of the United Nations in Geneva, and a role in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, as part of Danny Boyle’s ‘cast of thousands’. A Fellow of both the Royal College of Organists and the Royal Society of Arts, Stuart is currently Director of Music at Esher Parish Church in Surrey and Artistic Director of Music-at-Hill, one of the leading concert societies in the City of London, based at the Wren church of St Mary-at-Hill near Monument. In his spare time, Stuart sings with the Chapel Choir at Guy’s Hospital and plays tenor sax in the London Saxophone Choir.

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4.9 out of 5
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Melissa S
16 days ago
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5 out of 5

It was a joy to have Stuart play at our wedding. Even with a very temperamental village organ which had some issues on the day, Stuart played brilliantly and showed great professionalism! He also went that extra mile to rehearse with our singer ahead of time. Would highly recommend him.

Alexander G
26 days ago
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5 out of 5

Stuart gave a great performance at our wedding, having been very helpful in choosing the repertoire as well. His thorough musical knowledge was evident and he made invaluable suggestions based on the organ that was available and how each piece would likely sound, including sending over a full list of potential processional//recessional pieces, and voluntarily proofreading our order of service. Would certainly recommend to anyone seeking a wedding organist.

Aly D
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Stuart was absolutely fantastic, I can't speak highly enough of him - he performed brilliantly and went above and beyond to make sure the music at our wedding ceremony was perfect. He did a trial run and overcame the shortfalls of the organ at the church, hired a trumpeter for us and even proofread the order of service. Thanks Stuart!

Reply from Stuart
3 months ago

This was a most enjoyable wedding to play for, in a historic Hawksmoor church in the heart of the City of London. The organ had its challenges, but that was part of the fun! I found it quite moving to be performing 'Amazing Grace' in the very church where that hymn was conceived (by the former slave ship captain John Newton, who served as Rector there for 27 years). Aly & Cecilia did well to take my advice about the live trumpeter, which really helped to give the wedding music a 'wow' factor :-) All the best to you both for your married life together!

John H
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Stuart is so easy to work with, and the complete musician. It was effortless and stress free for me as conductor, knowing that Stuart was playing.

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From other customers:

Eliza S
6 years ago

Thank you so much for all your help in organising the music and gospel choir for our wedding on 9th July!! The service was absolutely perfect and we can’t thank you enough for making our day so special.

Nicola S
5 years ago

We just wanted to say the biggest thank you for the beautiful organ playing and bell ringing at our wedding last Friday - it made for such a special day.

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